Affordable Option to Replace Your Missing Teeth
Dental bridges have long been used to affordably and effectively replace missing teeth. Made from 3 to 4 crowns that are fused side-by-side, “bridges” span across the open space where a tooth is missing. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants, if several teeth are missing in one area. Unlike removable partials, bridges are permanently anchored into the mouth for several years.
A bridge can be made from porcelain or metals, based on where in your mouth the tooth is missing. Dr. Snyder will carefully match all porcelain restorations so that they blend in with your surrounding teeth.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite or worn down enamel. Bridges can help prevent this from happening, by:
- Restoring your smile
- Returning the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Like a dental crown, bridges usually require two appointments to complete. At your first visit, Dr. Snyder will prepare the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. Once the teeth are shaped appropriately, he will take an impression of your teeth and send it to our lab. About two weeks later, your permanent bridge will be ready to permanently cement into place.
Caring for Your Bridge
To keep the supporting teeth in your mouth healthy, it is important to brush and floss around your bridge daily. A floss threader or water flosser is useful for cleaning under your bridge. This prevents tooth decay and gum disease from impacting the stability of the supporting teeth.